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Am I sufficiently protected?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Tom Seeley, Jul 31, 2006.

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  1. Tom Seeley

    Tom Seeley Thread Starter

    Jun 25, 2006
    This is probably a "brand wars" question, and I don't want to start one or get flamed, but I'm curious so I'll ask anyway! Besides, I've always felt that if I had to choose, I'd rather be provocative than right!

    I'm running what's listed in my signature. I'm curious if I've got a sufficient set of programs to protect me from spyware, popups, spam, viruses of all types and flavors, and the types of problems firewalls are supposed to protect me from?

    Any and all opinions gratefully accepted!
  2. Rollin_Again


    Sep 4, 2003
    You system looks good to me. I've been using AVG free and an older version of Zone Alarm Pro for a long time and never had any problems. You may want to include Microsofts anti-spyware program to your list of programs since it will alert you to any program requests to make changes to registry.

  3. stantley


    May 22, 2005
  4. rexgrant


    Mar 1, 2006
    I tom.
    Go to [Shilds up] https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 and run the checks there .
  5. junker39


    Jun 12, 2004
  6. lotuseclat79


    Sep 12, 2003
    Hi Tom,

    The real question is are you sufficiently protected from what?

    If you use good common sense and do not surf on the wild side relatively you are safe, but also safe from what?

    AVG is a signature based AV which has no protection against 0-day attacks.
    NOD32 is an example of one if not the best (paid) heuristic AVs around which may protect against most 0-day attacks. A 0-day attack occurs prior to the AV vendors integrating a signature into their AV products.

    You might also consider running Prevx1R and adding more RAM - get a GB since memory is cheap (and don't try to use your current RAM - too many problems with compatibility and performance though it may be possible).

    SSM is a reasonable sandbox to consider using or any other similar solution that can protect your real computer with a virtual environment to shield you.

    All of the above won't guarantee "sufficient protection" if you momentarily suffer a lapse of common sense.

    -- Tom
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